adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
Origin of prompt
Synonyms for prompt
Related Words for promptnessreadiness, agility, preparation, quickness, punctuality, speed, swiftness, alacrity, dispatch
Examples from the Web for promptness
Contemporary Examples of promptness
It is critical to focus on concrete and implementable options, on a low profile, discretion and promptness.Kerry Must Hurry
February 6, 2013
Historical Examples of promptness
The vigour and promptness of these measures cannot be too highly extolled.The Mudfog and Other Sketches
His answer came with a promptness that showed he had considered, also, that.Love-at-Arms
These were ordered with consummate skill, and executed with promptness and success.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
One secret of Morgan's success was the promptness with which he struck.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Perhaps this promptness has never been equalled in Kentucky.
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt notea memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
Word Origin for prompt
early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.
early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.